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Recap / Arrow S 4 E 17 Beacon Of Hope

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Brie Larvan breaks out of jail and invades Palmer Tech to demand the bio-chip in Felicity. Oliver needs a special ally to help rescue Felicity and Donna.

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  • A God Am I: Reiter makes a speech to this effect while ranting about the power the idol gives him. Or rather, that he'll become a god after sacrificing more people to it.
  • Arc Words: The episode title itself.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Now that Darhk's in prison, Malcolm tells him HIVE is content to let him rot. Malcolm's comments near the end suggest he's no longer a part of the organization either - meaning that Darhk, HIVE, and Malcolm are now working independently of each other.
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  • Body Horror: Not only is a venom-carrying robotic bee trapped within Oliver, but it actually starts replicating itself. It takes Curtis' ingenuity and Laurel's Canary Cry to neutralize them. note 
  • Breaking the Fellowship: Felicity makes it abundantly clear to Thea that she's never coming back to Team Arrow.
  • The Bus Came Back:
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Felicity's attempts to walk away from Team Arrow, don't do much good when Brie attacks Palmer Tech.
  • Celebrity Paradox:
    • A Star Trek Shout-Out was made by Curtis despite the fact that Susanna Thompson (Moira Queen), Neal McDonough (Damien Dahrk), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Amanda Waller), Nick Tarabay (Captain Boomerang) and Jeri Ryan (guest star in Episode 2) have all appeared in the franchise either as major or minor characters. For added bonus, the reference made was "Borg", and Thompson, Ryan and McDonough played characters who were introduced as or later turned into Borg.
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    • Curtis refers to the Canary Cry as "going Mariah Carey". Wentworth Miller, who plays Captain Cold in The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow, was in two of Carey's videos (and funnily enough, the Supergirl episode that aired the same week as this one also referenced Carey, along with featuring an appearance from the Flash).
  • Chekhov's Gun: The tattoo he received from John Constantine stops Reiter's attempt at draining him.
  • Combining Mecha: Brie's robotic bees can combine into a humanoid Killer Robot.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: After listening to Curtis' casual remarks and jokes a short while, Oliver chews him out quite nastily, because he doesn't want him to have any positive illusions about what they are doing.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory!: Darhk instinctively tries to use his defunct telekinesis to kill Malcolm out of pure habit.
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  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Turns out Andy Diggle is one of these for HIVE, and Malcolm is offering him a proposition.
  • Dude, Where's My Reward?: Oliver bitterly brings up the fact that he can save the city, but not his relationship with Felicity.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Darhk gets Murmur under his thumb by threatening his grandmother.
  • Evil All Along: Turns out Andy Diggle just faked his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Guest-Star Party Member: Curtis is pretty much a stand-in for Felicity in this episode. It's even mentioned by Team Arrow how similar they are.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Brie gets taken down by her own bees, once Curtis manages to hack them.
  • Hurricane of Puns: There are a ton of bee puns.
  • Internal Reveal: Curtis finds out the entire Team Arrow's secret identities
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Malcolm shows up in Iron Heights to bluntly inform Darhk that HIVE is not devoting any resources to get him out of there due to his habit of killing operatives and his "hocus pocus" really not benefitting them; as far as they are concerned he can rot in jail, while they proceed with Genesis without him.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Darhk's poor treatment of his agents finally comes back to bite him, since HIVE thinks things will run smoother without him.
  • Not So Above It All:
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Reiter has one when he fails to kill Oliver.
    • Larvan has one when her bees turn on her.
  • One-Man Army: In the beginning sequence, Oliver takes on Diggle, Thea and Laurel at the same time and kicks their collective asses.
  • Reality Ensues: After a whole season of killing operatives and generally pissing them off, HIVE is quite content with letting Darhk rot in prison.
  • Refusal of the Call: After filling in for Felicity, Curtis decides he's not cut out for the vigilante life.
  • Release Date Change: In-Universe, this is how Brie Larvan escapes prison: by hacking prison records and commuting her sentence.
  • Revenge: Brie inevitably discovers that Felicity was the hacker she faced in Central City, and boy does she want payback!
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Laurel refers to Felicity as "someone" Oliver says that "she's not Voldemort".
    • Curtis compares the bees' adaptive nature to the Borg.
    • Felicity directly refers to the events of the episode as "Die Hard with bees".
    • Quentin compares the plan to take down the bees to Independence Day.
    • Brie threatens to reenact a scene from My Girl with Thea.
    • Donna compares her, Felicity and Thea's situation to the Panic Room.
  • State The Simple Solution: When Brie explains why she needs the chip, Felicity points out that she could have just asked.
  • The Knights Who Say "Squee!": Perfectly sums up Curtis's reaction to the Internal Reveal.
  • The Starscream: It's not exactly clear who in HIVE is calling the shots now that Darhk's in jail - presumably the other Partners. Oddly Malcolm doesn't seem to have a power grab......yet.
  • A Storm Is Coming: The following episode is the major death episode that was teased since the season premiere.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Curtis stumbles on the lair elevator and just takes it down.
  • Title Drop: "Beacon of Hope" has been mentioned at least three times. Once by Thea, twice by Oliver, and thrice by Felicity.
  • Took A Level In Cynicism: Felicity refuses to come back to Team Arrow because she's disillusioned by all the death and destruction (not that it seemed to bother her in the past three seasons, mind you).
  • Training Montage: The opening sequence.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Quentin on having to deal with a swarm of robot bees taking a building hostage: "Yeah, that's my life now."
  • Wham Shot: Andy Diggle works for/with Malcolm.
  • The Worm That Walks: The bees can group together and form a humanoid shape that's not at all a man in a leather costume.
  • You See, I'm Dying: Brie reveals she has a tumor in her spine, and if she got it removed she'd be paralyzed, which is why she wants the chip.

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